[ mee-dee-uh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr- ]
/ ˌmi di əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /
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of, relating to, or characteristic of a mediator.
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Origin of mediatorial

First recorded in 1640–50; mediatory + -al1
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What does mediatorial mean?

Mediatorial means involving, relating to, or resembling a mediator—a person who mediates or helps to settle a dispute or create agreement when there is conflict between two or more people or groups by acting as an intermediary or go-between for those parties.

This process is called mediation, and it always involves a mediator acting as an impartial third party to guide the communication between the conflicting parties.

Sometimes, mediation happens in an informal way. You might act in a mediatorial capacity to help two friends settle an argument. But mediation and related terms are perhaps most commonly used in more specific ways in formal situations, such as mediation between a company and its striking employees or mediation between spouses who are getting divorced.

Example: I tried to take a mediatorial role to smooth things over between my sisters.

Where does mediatorial come from?

The first records of the word mediatory come from the 1640s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb mediāre, meaning “to be in the middle” or “to intercede.” The words intermediary and medium are related. The suffix -ial is used to form adjectives, such as in words like editorial.

Mediatorial is used in situations involving someone who acts as a third party to intercede in the middle of a conflict. This person, called a mediator, is not there to take sides but instead to help promote agreement or reconciliation. In other words, the point of taking a mediatorial role is to help find common ground so that there is no longer a need for a mediator. Successful mediation often involves compromise.

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How is mediatorial used in real life?

The word mediatorial can be used in both formal and informal contexts, but it’s not commonly used.

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Is mediatorial used correctly in the following sentence?

My actions were intended to be mediatorial—I was trying to get the two parties to meet in the middle.

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